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donderdag 23 maart 2017

We Are Family

Sumac Lottery is nine years old. A book about her and her family is coming out this month. In the video, she tells you a bit about it.

pets = huisdieren
figure out = verzinnen, bedenken

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How many brothers and sisters does Sumac have?

  2. And how many pets?

  3. When Sumac’s grandpa arrives, they “have to figure out to make room for one more.”
    Explain what this means.

Extra speaking assignment
  1. Now it’s your turn to introduce yourself and your family.
  2. First write the answers to the following 2 questions:
    - How many people are there in your family?
    - Can you name one or more special things about your family? Write them down.
  3. There you go: Hold your short introduction for your classmates. Or film it on camera.
    Use your answers to the 2 questions to help you.

Derek Walcott

The poet Derek Walcott, born in 1930, died this month at the age of 87. He is regarded as one of the greatest poets in the English language. He was from St. Lucia in the West Indies.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • with elation - with happy thoughts in your head
  • mirror - a piece of glass that reflects images
  • ignore - take no notice of someone or something, pay no attention to someone or something
  • know by heart - know it so well that you can repeat it from memory
  • desperate - very sad and upset, with little or no hope
  • peel - remove
  • feast on - celebrate, enjoy
Read the first four questions. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Who is the poet speaking to?

  2. Listen closely to the first line. Now answer the question: When are the things in the poem happening?

  3. Does the poem contain positive or negative thoughts? Explain your answer with specific words or lines from the poem.

  4. Choose the two statements that are in line with the poem:
    - Love is the most important thing.
    - Don’t be too hard on yourself.
    - Learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves.
    - Always put others first.


Extra reading and writing assignment
  1. Find out more about Derek Walcott: about his life, his work, any prizes, etc.
  2. Write a short report on the poet's life. Or create a timeline of his life.

Extra (close) reading assignment
  1. Listen to the poem again. Read the poem (below) while listening.
  2. Make two lists, one with positive words, one with negative words.
    Or print the poem and mark the positive words with one colour and the negative ones with another.
  3. Pick a favourite line or expression. Explain your pick.

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott

donderdag 16 maart 2017

Up, Up and Away

Have you ever let a balloon fly away?
What do you think happens to balloons that fly away?
Before you watch the video, answer the second question in writing or tell your classmates what you think.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • drift - move slowly, pushed by currents of water, air, etc.
  • helium-filled - filled with helium gas, the the second lightest chemical element (He)
  • rubbish - garbage, trash
  • wildlife - animals living and plants growing in their natural environment
  • harmful - causing damage or harm
  • ban - forbid people from using
  • alternative - something that can be chosen instead of something else; a choice or option
  • bubbles - very light balls of air inside a thin layer of soap
  • flags - pieces of cloth used as decoration, a signal or to attract attention
  • banners - large strips of cloth with a design, picture, or writing on it
  • kites - toys made of a frame covered with cloth, paper, or plastic and flown in the air at the end of a long string
  • bunting - strips of paper or cloth used as decoration
  • degrade - break down into simple substances or parts; decompose
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Where do escaped ballons often end up?

  2. Are helium-filled balloons banned in Australia?

  3. Name three things you can use at parties instead of balloons.

The Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock has been ticking for many years now. It’s in the news because the scientists behind it recently have changed its time once again. Find out more in the video .

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • doomsday - the day the world ends or is destroyed
  • cavalier - careless; showing no concern for something that is important or serious
  • reckless - not showing proper concern about the possible bad results of your actions
  • disregard - ignoring something or treating something as unimportant
  • initially - originally; in the beginning; at the start
  • arbitrary - not planned or chosen for a particular reason
  • impending - happening or likely to happen soon
  • deep concern - a deep feeling of worry
  • off the table - If sth is "off the table", it is not a serious option or not up for discussion
  • grim -gloomy or depressing
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why was the Doomsday Clock made in the first place?

  2. How accurate is the Doomsday Clock?

  3. For each of the following years, write down to what the time the Doomsday Clock was set and for what reason:
    - 1947
    - 1949
    - 1953
    - 1968
    - 1972
    - 1984
    - 1991
    - 2017

donderdag 9 maart 2017

The Bigger Picture

This month, a picture taken in New York went viral on Twitter. Nada Tawfik asked New Yorkers about it.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • be fazed by something - let something make you feel afraid or uncertain
  • people from all walks of life - all sorts of people with different backgrounds, jobs, positions in society, etc.
  • accustomed to - familiar with, used to
  • equality - the state of being equal, especially with regards to status, rights, and opportunities
  • where they want the country to head - the direction they want the country to take, how they want the country to develop
  • have empathy - understand and share the experiences and emotions of other people
  • weird - unusual, strange
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is the main question Nada Tawfik asks?

  2. What is the general response of the people in the street?

  3. With whom should we have empathy?

  4. Pick one response you feel most strongly about.
    Explain why you really agree or disagree with this point of view.

Extra speaking assignments
I
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Focus on the questions Nada Tawfik ask. Write them down.
3. Work in groups of 3 or more.
4. One student asks the other students the same questions as Nada Tawfik in the video.
5. The other students respond.
6. Take turns being the interviewer.

II
1. Split the class in two groups.
2. One group represents people who are okay with the picture.
3. The other group represents people who think the situation in the picture is wrong or weird.
4. Let the discussion begin! Take turns stating your opinion and responding to the other side.
Tip: Use phrases like the following:
- In my opinion ...
- I strongly/firmly believe that ...
- I’m convinced that ...
- I personally think/believe ...
- I honestly/personally feel that ...
- etc.

Never Too Old to Learn

87-year-old Ursula Shepherd is just learning to read. Watch the video to find out more about her story.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • pensioner - a person who is old or sick and no longer works for his or her money
  • carer - a person who takes special care of people who need help and protection
  • miss out - lose a chance to do something, be unable to have or enjoy something
  • pretend - to behave as if something is true when you know it is not
  • poorly - not well, ill
  • inspire - make others want to do something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. In what year did Ursula Shepherd leave school?

  2. How did she trick her school teachers?

  3. Why didn’t she have time to learn to read?

  4. How does she feel about this?

  5. What effect does she hope her story will have on others?

donderdag 23 februari 2017

Hopelessly Devoted to You

Watch and find out what happened to 18-year-old Daisy Clark from Newquay in the UK.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • devoted - having strong love or loyalty for someone
  • umpteen - very many
  • umpteen millions - millions and millions
  • barriers - things that prevent or block you from doing something
  • prove it - show that something is really true or that you can really do something
  • drag you down - make you unhappy
  • doubts - uncertain or unsure feelings
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What happened to Daisy Clark?

  2. The reporter calls Daisy’s story a “modern-day fairy tale”. What does she mean with that?

  3. What is the connection between Daisy and Justin Bieber, James Bay and The Weeknd?

  4. What’s the good thing about skipping record companies and going directly online with your work?

  5. Why did Daisy hesitate to put her stuff online?

Extra reading and researching assignment
1. Daisy sings a cover song: Hopelessly Devoted to You.
2. Find out who first sang this song.

A Promising Future

Have you heard the story of Chloe Bridgewater? She became a sudden Internet sensation last week. Find out why in the video .

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • apply for a job - send a letter or other message to ask for a job
  • HR - Human Resources = a special department of an organization that deals with the people who work for that organization
  • tech giant - very important and successful technology company
  • bean bag - a large bag filled with small round pieces of material and used as a soft chair
  • slide - (see picture below)
  • benefits - extra things (such as vacation time or health insurance) that you receive in addition to your regular pay
  • qualifications - special skills or experience that make you suitable to do a job
  • CEO - the boss of an organization or business
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Tell in your own words what Chloe did and what happened next.

  2. What qualifications does Chloe have? Name two or more.

  3. What message did the CEO have for Chloe?

Extra reading assignment
1. Read Chloe’s letter here.
2. Name at least 4 reasons Chloe gives for wanting this job.
3. Now read Sundar Pichai’s letter here.
4. Explain what the third sentence means.

This is a slide:
Playground slide2.jpg
By KENPEI - KENPEI's photo, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

donderdag 16 februari 2017

It's On

Have you seen the LEGO Batman Movie yet? It’s in Dutch theatres now.
Will Arnett does the voice of LEGO Batman in movie. In the video, he’s a guest on BBC Radio 1. They call a toy shop and play a telephone game.
In the game, Will Arnett has to speak with his Batman voice.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.

  • snap together - fit tightly together when you press
  • put someone on - give someone the phone so they can speak to a person
  • quality stuff - really good stuff
  • It’s just come in - It has just arrived
  • xylophone - a musical instrument with wooden bars of different lengths that you hit with a hammer
  • zoo-like - like in a zoo
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How does the telephone game work?

  2. Does the shop have the first toy Batman is looking for?

  3. What time does the shop close?

Extra speaking assignment
You don’t need a telephone to play the game in the video.
So there you go:
It’s your turn to play this game. Before you start, write down some words to help you along.
Or play with a classmate and take turns with each letter of the alphabet.

Extra words assignment
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Write down all the alphabet words Batman uses on the phone.
3. Look up any words you do not know.

Think Before You Share

You hear a lot about fake news these days. Some even talk about “real” fake news and “fake” fake news. Wrap your head around that!

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • double check - to check once and then once more in order to be certain
  • fishy - likely to be bad or untrue
  • dodgy - false, untrue, dishonest
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Everything online is true. True or false?

  2. Name one reason why people make up fake news.

  3. Name at least 3 questions you should ask yourself before believing (and sharing) a story.

  4. What do you learn about sites with a .com web address, a .co.uk web address or a .com.co web address?

donderdag 9 februari 2017

The Eagle Huntress

Each year in February the BAFTA Film Awards are announced. BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
This year, The Eagle Huntress is nominated for a BAFTA award. It is a film about Aisholpan. She is a girl who lives in the Altai mountains.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • nomad - a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time
  • a precious skill - een kostbare vaardigheid
  • a master eagle hunter - een van de allerbeste arendjagers
  • competition - an event in which people try to win by being better, faster, etc., than others
  • soar - fly high, high in the sky
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. For how long have the nomads of the Altai mountains hunted with golden eagles?

  2. Write down three things about Aisholpan.

  3. It’s a “true story”. What does that mean?

Kīlauea

Kīlauea is a volcano in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It’s very active currently.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • fire hose of lava - a long tube-like stream of lava
  • collapse - a moment in which something suddenly breaks apart and falls down
  • out of harm’s way - in a safe place, far enough from a dangerous place or situation
  • cascade - flow down in large amounts like a huge waterfall
  • molten rocks - rocks melted by heat
  • a sight to behold - a wonderful or impressive thing to see
  • grinding noises - the sound of things crushing or breaking
  • heed signs - pay attention to signs
  • first responders - people trained to come and help quickly in case of an emergency
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Did scientists know exactly when the sea cliff would collapse?

  2. Can you often see such a fire hose of lava?
    Tip: Note the words Jessica Ferracane uses to describe it.

  3. What message does the reporter have for park users?

  4. What happened in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on New Year’s Eve?

donderdag 2 februari 2017

Snapchat

The makers of Snapchat are about to become very rich. Their company will be going public (gaat naar de beurs) later this year.
Rory doesn’t Snapchat, but he wants to find out what’s so great about the app. In the video, Priscilla shows him.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.

  • I’m determined to understand this. - I really want to understand this.
  • spiral staircase - stairs that go round and round and round
  • make money out of something - earn money with something
  • appeal - the thing or things that make people like something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. According to Priscilla, what is the best thing to do in Snapchat?

  2. According to Priscilla, what’s the point of Snapchat?

  3. Roger asks if their lunch is snappable.
    Explain the underlined word.
    What does Priscilla answer?

  4. How does Snapchat make money out of people using their app? Name two ways.

  5. According to Priscilla, what is it about Snapchat that makes people like it so much?

Extra speaking assignment
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Listen to Priscilla explaining how Snapchat works.
3. Now it’s your turn to explain how Snapchat works. Do it in three to five steps.

Extra speaking or writing assignment
Do you Snapchat?
Tell people why you think Snapchat is really fun. Do this in 30 to 40 words.
Write them down or just tell your classmates.

Bon Appétit!

Scientists have just published a new article on something called “misophonia”. Miso what? The video will tell you all about it.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • eat out - have a meal in a restaurant rather than at home
  • disorder - illness; physical or mental condition that is not normal or healthy
  • genuine - actual, real, true; not false or fake
  • trigger sounds - sounds that can cause something (in this case misophonia)
  • go into overdrive - start working very hard or being very active
  • perspiration - sweating
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Describe, in your own words, what misophonia is.

  2. Have scientists always believed it to be a real thing?

  3. Can misophonia be cured?

vrijdag 27 januari 2017

1984

Breaking bookish news this week was that Amazon has sold out on 1984. A good reason as ever to read (or re-read) George Orwell’s famous novel. The main character is Winston Smith. For starters, the video by Shaun from Australia will give you a good idea what the story is all about.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mundane - dull and ordinary
  • impure thoughts - intimate thoughts that are considered wrong; not allowed by in this case, Big Brother
  • crippling - very unplesasant, making it impossible to move freely
  • evaporate - go away suddenly, disappear, vanish
  • eventually - at some later time
  • rodent - a small animal (such as a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver) that has sharp front teeth
  • bleak - not hopeful or encouraging
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What is Winston’s job?

  2. Who or what is Big Brother?

  3. What effect does Julia’s note have on Winston?

  4. What is special about Room 101?

  5. What did Shaun take away from this book?

Extra discussion questions

Work in groups of 4 or 5 or have a class discussion.
Pick a question and start discussing.
  1. Think about Winston’s job. Do you think it’s okay what he does? Explain your point of view.
  2. Find out why 1984 suddenly is so popular. Now that you know more about the story: Do you see it as a topical (actueel) novel as well? Explain your point of view.

Extra reading assignment
Read 1984 yourself and form your own opinion.